Alki Statue of Liberty vandalism, but not all what it seems


Just three weeks after the plaza dedication, we’ve received a couple reports of vandalism on the new Alki Statue of Liberty pedestal – a missing plaque – but David Hutchinson of the Statue of Liberty Plaza Project Committee reports it’s not exactly what it seems: What’s missing off the pedestal is a placeholder plaque, with the real thing scheduled to be installed sometime soon. He adds that he “noticed over the past 3 weeks as the corners of the fake plaque were gradually peeled back and finally someone simply ripped the whole outer layer off. There have also been a few other acts of minor vandalism – scratching graffiti on an armrest and on some of the blank bricks.” (Thanks to David for the pedestal photo; he also sent photos of the armrest and bricks but since we don’t want to publicize the actual tags, we’re not using them.) MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: More information from Libby Carr of the plaza committee:

The plaque on the street side of the Statue was a temporary until
the new bronze plaque, containing the background story of our Statue, was
cast. It’s now done and will be permanently mounted very soon on the street
side of the pedestal.
We also wanted to let folks now about our concerns about some of the
bricks in the plaza floor. We are having a meeting this week with the brick
engraving company to determine what the problem is with about 100 of the
bricks having what looks like faded lettering. We are not sure what the
cause is, so we are having a meeting to discuss it and find an acceptable
solution. We want brick owners (and potential brick buyers for the
remaining) to know that we are addressing this problem and will be fixing
Also, since many people didn’t have a chance to see Ken Burns
documentary “The Statue of Liberty” on the day of the Celebration event, we
are showing it again at the Log House Museum (61st & Stevens) on Saturday
October 11 (at 1:00 & 3:00 PM) and again on Sunday at 2:00 PM. We will send
in more info as the time approaches, but people may want to put that on
their calendar. People who have seen this thought provoking and informative
historical film have been very impressed with it.

9 Replies to "Alki Statue of Liberty vandalism, but not all what it seems"

  • Jo September 28, 2008 (7:56 pm)

    I suppose some vandalism is inevitable, but glad to hear that so far it isn’t anything serious.

  • old timer September 28, 2008 (8:56 pm)

    Brand new, ‘Let’s mark it up”
    I swear,
    there are feral animals who walk amongst us on two feet
    masquerading as human beings.
    Too bad there isn’t some kind of place to send them.
    Like another planet.

  • wseadawg September 29, 2008 (8:30 am)

    Time for a remote webcam 24 hours a day, isn’t it?

  • miws September 29, 2008 (5:26 pm)

    I like your idea, wseadawg!

    I’d add a system that can detect vandalism, (it would be able to differentiate between that and harmless touching) and spray the vandal with an obnoxious odor, like maybe skunk.

    Sure, it would be bothersome for anyone they happened to be around, but how embarrassing!


  • charles September 29, 2008 (11:03 pm)

    good luck on the plaque. won,t be long before its gone. they will find a way

  • cooper September 30, 2008 (8:36 am)

    I agree with the camera idea. Take one web cam off the traffic, and place it on the statue. When we catch someone, publicize their picture in the Herold and on the Blog doing some kind of Community Service wearing a Dunce cap.

  • Kurt September 30, 2008 (1:50 pm)

    Anyone else see the irony in the idea adding surveillance to this project.

    Big Brother and Liberty don’t mix too well.

    The temporary plaque was pulled off. It appears no tools were needed. It was a crime of opportunity that will not be a problem once the permanent plaque is installed.

    Let’s not become like the UK where surveillance is ubiquitous.

    This project is already too ironic as it is.

  • pelicans September 30, 2008 (2:54 pm)

    Kurt-Why do you think the project is ironic? Or is it just the idea of a camera? (Agree with you on that idea BTW)

  • WSB September 30, 2008 (3:11 pm)

    The new permanent plaque by the way is in place, I am told today by Libby Carr. Going by for a photo as soon as I can tear myself away from the sudden wave of news – TR

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